Master's Programme in Social-ecological resilience for sustainable development
Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.
In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.
Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
Checklist for admitted students
Activate your university account
The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.
Register at your department
Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.
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Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.
Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.
Information from the department - programmes
Welcome to the Department of Biological Education! We are happy to be part of your student experience and contribute to your future success.
In order to get you off to a good start, we have gathered the important things you need to know here. Read through carefully and if you have any questions, please contact us.
Starting in the autumn term, we will make a partial return to campus-based teaching, to the degree possible. Compulsory teaching will to a large extent be given on campus, adapted according to the guidelines of the Public Health Authority. Parts of the teaching will be given online to reduce the spread of infection. Read more about the teaching at BIG in autumn 2020.
As a new programme student you are called to an introduction week and a compulsory roll call, the week before start of term. Note! As a Master's student you should, well in advance of the roll call, check if you have any conditions on your admission. See "Eligible with condition" below.
Note that the roll call is compulsory and if you do not participate you can loose your place on the programme. If you are unable to attend you must contact the student office latest one hour before the roll call starts.
After the roll call you will be registered on the programme and the autumn courses.
Eligible with conditions
If you did not meet all the eligibility requirements for the course when you applied then you are eligible with conditions. It is stated in your acceptance letter from Universityadmissions.se if you are eligible with conditions. In that case, you cannot be registered as the department must first assess your eligibility.
Conditions for master's programmes are almost always that you need to complete your Bachelor's degree. You must meet the condition before the programme starts and a completed Bachelor's education should be documented in University admissions or Ladok (the Swedish student registry). If you will not meet the conditions in time you should decline your place.
Check the requirements under "Eligibility" here on the course page. As soon as you meet the requirements, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Subject line: Terms
- Your name
- Which programme you are admitted to
If you have questions about your condition, you can contact the study counsellor.
Studying with a disability
If you need special pedagogical support, you can apply for support measurs. You should apply as soon as possible after you have been admitted to take advantage of the best possible support.
Once you have your Nais certificate, contact the study counsellor for a meeting where we will go through the support measured. After the meeting, you should contact the course coordinators for the courses you will attend and inform them that you have been granted support, so that they can prepare well.
Declining your place
If you no longer want your place, it is important that you decline your place so that another applicant can get the place. Please note that you can only decline your place at Universityadmissions.se before the roll call. Declining the place after roll call is counted as having dropped the programme.
If you have been given a reserve place you may be admitted if someone declines their place. Reserve admission mainly takes place in connection with the roll call. If there is cause for reserve admission then you will receive notice one to two weeks before the roll call.
More information about your studies with us
On our website you will find more information about your studies with us.
Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department.
Find your way on campus
Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.
For new international students
The 2-year Master’s Programme Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development aims to enhance students’ knowledge of the complex interactions between social and ecological dynamics at different scales; particularly ecosystem management and governance in the context of change and uncertainty. Students are introduced to different research approaches and methods for studying coupled social and ecological systems. The aim is to provide students with insights into problem-driven transdisciplinary environmental research.
The Master’s programme consists of one year of courses, including the option of a traineeship, and one year spent doing a Master’s thesis. The four mandatory courses are designed with an emphasis on resilience, and define the challenges we face today and reflect on how resilience thinking can be applied to social-ecological systems to solve real-life problems.
The four compulsory courses are:
• Social-ecological systems: challenges and approaches
• Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking
• Governing and managing social-ecological systems
• Resilience reflections and applications
Students’ theses are mainly incorporated in on-going research projects and are all related to one of the research themes at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. We strongly encourage students to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.
We want to attract top international and Swedish students and ensure that they are embedded in the research life at the Centre. Integrating students, post docs and senior researchers is important to us as this provides professional role models, develops students’ practical research skills and builds important social networks… a process that can also be lots of fun!